January 5, 2018 Subject:
just got here
and i'm truly grateful.
the symphonic Lovelight is worth the price.
or Pigpen's harp with Jer's guitar on King Bee (which is NOT my favorite Pigpen song).
and of course the closing sequence.
this is the shit.
May 9, 2015 Subject:
Really not a very exciting show, but OK.
April 10, 2014 Subject:
Dave's Picks # 10...Entire show to be released on May 1, 2014
Bust Up Tight!!!!
April 8, 2014 Subject:
So very good!
So far I've only heard high time and the alligator through caution. And just know remembering that the stream stops when you write a review. Damnit! Getting right back into the caution jam, check this show out!
June 19, 2012 Subject:
I'm listening to Alligator just now, the drum solo, I'm getting really into it, close my eyes...
And then the mood is interrupted because the machine has to switch from track 15 to track 16.
Why is Alligator segmented into three tracks? Because they played drums during the song? Because there was a 'drum solo'? Don't we want to hear it the way they played it? That being the case, tracks 14 through 19 should be one UNINTERRUPTED track. Ditto China Cat/Rider, etc.
I can't be the only one who feels this way.
November 7, 2010 Subject:
It's easy to see how this show could get overlooked. It's just simply a mistake.
When the sound improves for the late show (the part of the show imho, worth downloading) it gets release worthy.
The interesting pair up of UJB>Friend of Mine is a bit sloppy, but still noted for its unique performance. They cut out about 10 minutes of jamming from this "He Was A Friend of Mine" to allow it's solid segue from UJB. The omitted segment actually helps pace it properly (usually "Friend of Mine" jamming is meandering and boring anyways imho).
The real gem is the Alligator>Caution>Feedback segment which is quintessentially important. Alligator part 1 is unusually extended for late 1969 (normally Alligator's of 67' and 68' tended to be the hall stopper 12 minute version.) Kind of how the Dead cut the Weather Report Suite precedor of Let It Grow, Alligator was usually shortened historically during 69' thru its last performance in April of 1971. This performance is extended and poignant, flowing with Jerry Jam and Phil Bombs. After bombing through an energetic drum segment the band switch from some solid Alligator reprise Jamming into an early Goin' Down The Road Jam (which some tapes label as "Bid You Goodnight Jam).
The best part of this show is a jazzy and spatially correct version of Caution. Rather than describing it's excellence, just listen for yourself.
The Feedback segment sounds less like Feedback and more like a Space segment of the later 70s years. Less distortion and more psychedelia. This may be the birth of the "Space" segment folks!
Between the 12.11 and this show, and of course 12.30&31, December 69' was an excellent time to see a Live Dead show.
Like the other reviewer mentioned, T.C. is heavy in the mix. Given his departure from the band just over a month later, this show is equally noteworthy for his heavy interaction.
Reviewer:Evan S. Hunt
December 13, 2009 Subject:
A Little Hard To Grasp
At first. The sound quality of the recording grates on you, but halfway thru Lovelights you know you've struck paydirt. This is a spectacular version with a haunting counter harmony that this reviewer has never heard from a Lovelights.
I especially enjoyed the version of He Was A Friend of Mine. Nice singing. King Bee is also special for me because this was another not oft played song and Blue Ron roughs it up with his best growl.
T.C. is prominent in the mix and the entire band is well-presented, balance-wise.
The rest of the show is dynamite with one of the finest, most melodic of Feedbacks.